TERRE HAUTE -- The Pipes and Drums of the Fountain Trust and the Bloomington Community Band will make their first appearance at the second "On The Banks of the Wabash" Community Band Festival, which will take place in Fairbanks Park, Saturday, July 21, beginning at 2 p.m., and ending at 9.
A total of seven bands will perform during the day, including the Montgomery County Civic Band, Crawfordsville; The Brazil Concert Band; the Greater Greenwood Community Band; and the Marshall, Ill., City Band, will join the Pipes and Drums from Covington, Ind., the Bloomington Indiana Community Band, and the Terre Haute Community Band for a celebration of music.
The Pipes and Drums of the Fountain Trust is a competition bagpipe band from west central Indiana. Its members come from all over the Wabash Valley area, including Lafayette, Terre Haute, Crawfordsville, Rockville, Covington, and Danville, Ill.
Besides competing in three to five registered pipe band competitions each year, the band performs at parades, festivals and a wide variety of events in numerous locations in both Indiana and Illinois.
The Bloomington Community Band is an all-adult volunteer concert band with membership ranging from 50-60 in number, and 18-85 in age.
The band plays an average of 20 concerts per year at many civic events and public gatherings in Monroe County and the surrounding areas.
The Terre Haute Community Band, host of the festival, announced the Montgomery County Civic Band is scheduled to kick off the July 21 event at 2 p.m., followed by the Pipe and Drums of the Fountain Trust at 2. The Marshall, Ill., City Band will perform at 4 p.m., followed by the Brazil Concert Band at 5, the Bloomington Community Band at 6, the Greater Greenwood Community Band at 7, and the Terre Haute Community Band at 8.
In the event of rain, the festival will take place indoors in the YMCA building on the grounds at Fairbanks Park.
Audience members can expect to hear many marches, medleys of tunes from Broadway and motion pictures, popular songs from different time periods and music written especially for band performance.
Each band is selecting titles from its own library and will include the music they most enjoy performing. Audience members will also have the opportunity to hear some featured solo and ensemble performances by individual members of the participating bands.
Since the event begins during the heat of the day, tents will be erected to provide some shady areas for the audience.
Food vendors will also be in the park to provide refreshments and all the usual amenities of the park will be available to those attending the festival.